Adherence between project management practices and environmental critical factors in biotechnology companies

Abstract The traditional project management, agile project management and the combination of both, called hybrid project management or a combined approach are among the project management strands. This study analyzes the critical factors of projects in the area of biotechnology and the appropriateness of approaches to the development projects of the area. The data were obtained from the questionnaires administered in a sample of incubated biotechnology companies from the state of São Paulo in the regions of Ribeirão Preto and Piracicaba. The results indicated that the analyzed companies, which were from different fields of biotechnology (agricultural, pharmaceutical and industrial), have peculiarities regarding the characteristics of the projects and the project management environments of these companies involve both traditional and agile management, suggesting that initiatives of project management techniques should consider a hybrid project management model.